Whether you resort to spelling out ‘W..a..l..k’ or use euphemisms galore when trying to talk with family members without exciting the furry one, your dog knows when it is time to go outside.
And with fall weather just around the corner promising cooler temperatures and lots of changing smells, our four-legged friends will love you even more when they get to go exploring outside.
If you’re a dog owner in the Greater Akron area, you and your furbaby are in luck! Northeast Ohio has dog park options galore. Check out this list of some of our favorites.
Picking up some top level Yelp reviews is the most accurately named of the destinations out there – Akron Dog Park off Memorial Parkway in Akron itself.
Run by the imaginatively named non-profit and volunteer-staffed Better Akron Recreation for Canines – BARC (geddit?) – this park is much more than just a place for a stroll with Fido. A fenced-in area, the park has a philosophy of helping dogs socialize with each other, and also has plenty of play equipment and watering points, as well as a separate area exclusively for smaller dogs and regular events. Full details can be found here.
Over to the east of Akron, in the city of Stow is the Bow Wow Beach Dog Park, run by the city’s parks and recreation department.
And yes – it is a beach for your dog to enjoy, complete with a three-acre lake for swimming. The park is not staffed but is well maintained by the city, with space for off-the-leash running, poop bins, water stations and even washing stations for after all that swimming and sand.
The park is closed on Thursday mornings, but otherwise you can take your dog for a dip between 8am and dusk. There are several rules to follow and it is a requirement you have a valid dog license in Summit County.
For more structured walks with your dog instead of free play, Summit Metroparks is highly dog friendly. Of the many parks and dozens of trails through woodland and prairie, only one Metro Park is off limits to our canine friends – the FA Seiberling Nature Realm.
Other than that, dogs are welcome on the myriad of hiking trails across the county provided they are on a leash. Many of the trails have doggie bags for poop available and disposal bins. The Munroe Falls Metro Park even has a special area specifically aimed at dog walkers. This area is accessible off Route 91, with a short half-mile blacktop circle or a longer two-mile trail cutting through several landscapes.
All the trail information is available online at www.summitmetroparks.org allowing you to pick a trail that matches both yours and your dog’s leg abilities.
The fun doesn’t have to stop after the walk is over. Morty’s Munchies is conveniently located near the Summit Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, making it the perfect stop on your way home. Morty’s Munchies is the dog friendly boutique and bakery of your four legged friend’s dreams. Complete with all natural homemade dog treats galore, as well as unique dog toys and accessories, Morty’s Munchies is a one stop shop for all Northeast Ohio dog owners. Check out their Facebook and Instagram for a sneak peek inside the store and to see all they have to offer!
So head out for a hike with your canine companion today – good exercise and good fun for the both of you.